I know rejection's a part of the game here. I'm not opposed to receiving rejection (nor do I enjoy it...but I mean does anyone?) I'm just looking for some feedback on what is normal in this industry, and what might be an indication that I'm trying to market something that is either not up to snuff or just plain old unmarketable. I'm trying to go the traditional route and have been querying agents... so far haven't gotten past the first gatekeeper! 10 rejections and counting without any feedback or requests for more material I've been very careful to follow the submission guidelines for each agent to the letter and have written personalized queries to each one. I'm sure my query summary must need work, I try to re-evaluate and either edit or rewrite a bit after each round of "no"s, but I guess at the core of it my question is... is this normal, or is this a red flag that something in my concept/query/story is fatally flawed? I know there are outliers where someone receives a hundred or more rejections before becoming a bestseller but I'm assuming those are the exceptions, not the rule, and I know it's chasing heartbreak to assume you'll be the exception! Any opinions/experiences are welcomed and appreciated! Many thanks!